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The U.S. has lost 1 million lives from covid-19. Where do we go from here?

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As the United States surpasses the tragic milestone of 1 million deaths from covid-19, we must decide where we go from here.

The bad news is that this coronavirus is here to stay. It will continue to cause surges fueled by new and possibly even more contagious variants. The White House is projecting that as many as 100 million Americans could contract covid-19 this fall and winter.

These stunning numbers are not reason for despair. Rather, they are a call to action for interventions that have the highest return for protecting our population while exacting the lowest cost to individuals and society.

We must agree that preventing infection is no longer the primary goal. A zero-covid strategy will not work, as evidenced by China’s abject failure. Since vaccines became readily available, the aim has shifted from avoiding the coronavirus at all costs to turning it from a deadly disease to one that’s akin to the flu — not something people want to get, but a manageable illness for nearly all who contract it.

As is the case for the flu, we should instead define success as preventing societal harm by keeping hospitals from being overwhelmed and preventing individual harm by stopping people from becoming seriously ill and dying.

There are three key........

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